An OFC reader recently emailed me with a very strange question. Which I had never thought of. He asked, Suppose you wake up one day and find oneself that you are the only human alive completely, utterly alone marooned in a modern world in which everyone else has disappeared or been killed by some mysterious virus, is both the stuff of nightmares and of fantasy. Would you still like to make a Film Knowing Nobody Would See It?
There could be easier-said-than-done YES/NO type answers but I liked the creative thought of the reader and decided to write an article and share my thoughts. When I read this question, the first scene came up in mind was from the Will smith’s movie I’m Legend. In which he is lying on the road with his dog.
And my answer would be definitely YES! Film making is my passion and I won’t stop even if there would be no audience to see my film. As the internet is expanding Independent filmmakers like us have an ever-growing presence on social media sites such as twitter, facebook, youtube, and various blogs to build their audience, but that won’t also help YouTube counter will sit at zero, and nobody will be there to appreciate or criticize your work . But to whom does it matter?
Vincent Van Gogh, “an artist who in the ninth year of his career had yet to sell a single painting.” Van Gogh spent nearly a decade working in poverty and obscurity without an audience. He produced almost one thousand oil paintings in his short lifetime.
In the face of such adversity, why did he press on? What motivated him? The activity is done for its own sake; not in expectation of some future consequence.
Think broadly, – when you work with limitations instead of against them, they turn from enemy to friend.
– By Courtney Hope
There’s a lot more at play — and at stake — than money and the audience.
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